(Omega Skyrocket Stoke's Aster, Stoke's Aster)
Omega Skyrocket Stoke's aster is a tall, semi-evergreen perennial that blooms for several weeks from late spring to early autumn. The white to pale blue cornflower-like blooms contain fringed petals surrounding a disk of darker florets. The flowers are long-lasting both in the garden and cut; and they attract butterflies. Omega Skyrocket’s flower stalks rise nearly 4 feet from a rosette of large, dark green, lance-like leaves, which are evergreen in the southern-most ranges of the plant. Stoke’s...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Stoke's Aster, White Stoke's Aster)
White Stoke's aster is a cheery, herbaceous to semi-evergreen perennial that originates from the southeastern United States. The white cornflower-like blooms have fringed petals surrounding a disk of florets. These appear above a coarse rosette of dark green, lance-like foliage, which is evergreen in its southern-most zones. Stoke’s asters are long-lasting, both in the garden and for cutting, and attract butterflies. Regularly deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering.
Wet winter soil is the...
(Colorwheel Stoke's Aster, Stoke's Aster)
Colorwheel Stoke's aster is a cheery, semi-evergreen perennial that blooms for several weeks from midsummer to early autumn. True to its name, Colorwheel displays multiple flower colors simultaneously, with new flowers opening white and aging to lavender and finally dark purple with white centers. The flowers are long-lasting both in the garden and cut; and they attract butterflies. The flower stalks rise from a rosette of dark green, lance-like leaves, which are evergreen in the southern-most ranges...
(Dreamy Stoke's Aster, Stoke's Aster)
Dreamy Stoke’s aster is a semi-evergreen perennial that blooms from late summer to mid fall. The cornflower-like blooms have white fringed outer petals surrounding an inner disk of pale peach florets. The large flowers rise on tall stalks from a rosette of dark-green lance-shaped leaves, which are evergreen in the southern-most regions of the plant. Dreamy Stoke’s aster flowers are long lasting both in the garden and cut in the vase, and they attract butterflies. Stoke’s aster hails from the Southwestern...
(Batflower, Black Batflower)
The large rippled leaves and outlandish blooms of black bat flower are a unique presence in the tropical garden or greenhouse. A tender semi-evergreen perennial that grows from an underground tuber, it is native to Thailand. Clumps of dark glossy-green lance-shaped leaves on long erect or arching petioles give rise to tall flower stalks. Clusters of maroon-black, cup-shaped flowers nod at their tips, made even more sinister by their wing-like basal bracts and spidery thread-like appendages. Sporadic...
James H. Schutte
(Globulus Brush Cherry)
The slow-growing 'Globulus' is a compact brush cherry with rich dark green leaves. This evergreen shrub is highly valued for topiary and bonsai. Australian in origin, it produces edible, dark pink to reddish purple fruits and is tough and easy to grow.
The glossy leaves of Australian brush cherry are small, glossy and lance-shaped. The new leaves are bronze-pink and turn green, sometimes with a bronze tint, when fully mature. It produces brushy clusters of white flowers throughout the year, as...
James H. Schutte
(Floral Showers Rose Pink Snapdragon, Snapdragon)
'Floral Showers Rose Pink' is often used an annual flower but is a short-lived tender perennial from southwestern Europe and the Mediterranean. This fine bedding plant is a dwarf snapdragon with bright rosy-pink blossoms. Flowering from summer into autumn with regular deadheading, this plant may take a rest from blooming during the hottest weather.
Grow snapdragons in sites with full sun and well-drained, average soil. Enjoy these old-fashioned garden favorites in containers and mixed beds...
James H. Schutte
(Crystal White Narrowleaf Zinnia, Narrowleaf Zinnia)
Narrowleaf zinnia is a bushy upright annual native to the Southwest United States and Mexico. Cultivars in the Crystal Series bear showy daisy-shaped flowers on compact stems throughout summer. The cultivar 'Crystal White' bears a profusion of small white daisies with yellow centers.
Narrowleaf zinnias will bloom in 6 weeks from a late spring sowing. Plant the seeds in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun and wait for the show. These zinnias are drought tolerant and mildew resistant,...
James H. Schutte
(Crystal Orange Narrowleaf Zinnia, Narrowleaf Zinnia)
Narrowleaf zinnia is a bushy upright annual native to the Southwest United States and Mexico. Cultivars in the Crystal Series bear showy daisy-shaped flowers on compact stems throughout summer. The cultivar 'Crystal Orange' has bright orange daisies with orange-yellow centers.
Narrowleaf zinnias will bloom in 6 weeks from a late spring sowing. Plant the seeds in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun and wait for the show. These zinnias are drought tolerant and mildew resistant, but...
(Madagascar Periwinkle, Stardust Periwinkle, Stardust Vinca, Vinca)
The large-flowered vinca in the Stardust Series have solid colored flowers with white, star-shaped central eyes. They are very well-suited to Oceanside gardens where heat and salt spray stresses are prevalent. Early flowering and tolerance to cooler, wetter growing conditions are two more benefits of these everblooming beauties.
Vinca, or Madagascar periwinkle, is a bushy tender perennial shrub that delights with many colorful, radial flowers that appear all season long. As its common name...